Practice parameters for the use of light therapy in the treatment of sleep disorders. Standards of Practice Committee, American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

These clinical guidelines were developed by the Standards of Practice Committee and reviewed and approved by the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. The guidelines provide recommendations for the practice of sleep medicine in North America regarding the use of light therapy for treatment of various sleep disorders. This paper is based on a series of articles in the Journal of Biological Rhythms and also includes evidence tables from an updated Medline review covering the period January 1994 to December 1997. Evidence is presented by grade and level. Recommendations are identified as standards, guidelines, or options. Recommendations are provided for delayed sleep phase syndrome (DSPS), advanced sleep phase syndrome (ASPS), non-24-hour sleep-wake syndrome, jet lag, shift work, dementia, and sleep complaints in the healthy elderly. Light therapy appears generally safe if used within recommended intensity and time limits. Light therapy can be useful in treatment of DSPS and ASPS. Benefits of light therapy are less clear and treatment is an option in jet lag, shift work, and non-24-hour sleep-wake syndrome in some blind patients.
AuthorsA L Chesson Jr, M Littner, D Davila, W M Anderson, M Grigg-Damberger, K Hartse, S Johnson, M Wise
JournalSleep (Sleep) Vol. 22 Issue 5 Pg. 641-60 (Aug 1 1999) ISSN: 0161-8105 [Print] UNITED STATES
PMID10450599 (Publication Type: Guideline, Journal Article, Practice Guideline)
  • Humans
  • Phototherapy
  • Sleep Wake Disorders (etiology, therapy)
  • Syndrome

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